Chemical firm Croda confirms £27m investment into Hull site

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Croda International is investing £27m in a new polymer additives manufacturing plant at its Oak Road site in Hull.

The move will allow the chemical firm to nearly double existing capacity operation in Hull and enable Croda to meet growing demand for slip additives through to 2030s.

The investment comes with the help of local engineering company, OSL Consulting, who will advise Croda over a two-year period that covers the engineering procurement and construction management for this significant expansion project.

Alastair Robertson, principal director at OSL, said: “This is a very prestigious piece of work and we’re very proud to have been awarded it.

“We were successful thanks to an understanding of the key project success factors, including the importance of the integrated team approach.

“In addition, our risk-based approach to the project execution and the provision of specialist risk management software allowed both Croda and OSL to quantify the key areas of focus for the team.”

OSL’s integrated team of around 40 engineering, project management and construction specialists will be involved in the project.

The project is now entering its initial stage and will continue for two years, creating employment opportunities in the region.

“We understand the common drivers and Croda admired our flexibility of approach,” added Mr Robertson.

“This reflects the growth in our capabilities over the years from engineering consultancy to full project management.

“We have a highly innovative team supporting Croda on this project who are experts in a range of engineering disciplines, and will cover all process, mechanical, electrical, civil, structural and control instrumentation needs, as well as overseeing procurement, cost analysis and timescale management.

“This project demonstrates Croda’s commitment to the local area.

“As a growing local company that attracts engineers to the region, we were positive that OSL should be involved, as it enables us to continue on that path.”